What Are The Risks Of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the correct term for what most people refer to as a nose job. Rhinoplasty is often sought out to change the appearance of the face, to make it more desirable, or as a solution to any breathing difficulties that may result from a poorly shaped/sized nose. Rhinoplasty is a fairly common procedure that rarely goes wrong, however, like all cosmetic surgeries, rhinoplasty does come with its risks. This article will guide you through the main risks that are involved in rhinoplasty so that you can go into your surgery well-informed.

Impaired sense of smell

After a rhinoplasty procedure, your nasal passage can become inflamed, which could temporarily (or sometimes permanently) impair your sense of smell. When the nasal passage is inflamed, airflow into your nose will be reduced, making it more difficult to pick up smells. Most of the time, your sense of smell will return to normal as you recover from the procedure. To optimise procedure recovery, avoid any activities that may harm the nose and drink plenty of fluids.

Rhinoplasty scarring

Rhinoplasty procedures are performed through incisions in the nostrils, which can leave visible scarring. However, rhinoplasty scarring is very rare and mainly occurs after more complex procedures, such as nostril size reduction or nose tip surgery. If you do receive any scars, they will be well hidden by the curves of your nose and will only be very fine lines. With proper aftercare, any scarring should fade after a few weeks.

Breathing difficulty

Some rhinoplasty procedures can cause swelling in the nasal passage, which will restrict the amount of air that you are able to breathe in through your nose. If this does occur, you may experience some breathing difficulties after your rhinoplasty procedure. In most cases, nasal passage swelling will go down during rhinoplasty recovery, however, others may experience more permanent breathing damage. If this does happen, it may be a good idea to contact your surgeon and ask about correcting procedures.


It is very normal to experience nose bleeds after a rhinoplasty procedure, especially during the healing process. Nosebleeds are caused by agitation of the damaged blood vessels. When the blood vessels in your nose have been damaged, even something as simple as blowing your nose could trigger a nosebleed. As you heal from your rhinoplasty, these nosebleeds should reduce and the blood vessels in your nose will repair.

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